Jack Garner steps up to do the right thing by his friends and Springwater Park

January 14, 2016

Frequently court proceedings are very unpredictable and any cost awards seldom cover the actual costs for taking legal action.

Jack Garner

An important story by Janis Ramsay in the Barrie Advance called Springwater Park civil suit settled.

Mr. Ian Taylor was uncharacteristically quiet:

Ian Taylor didn’t have much to say after losing a civil lawsuit Tuesday over Springwater Provincial Park fundraising dollars.

“I have no comment. It is what it is,” Taylor said Tuesday afternoon.

Jack and Mr. Taylor disagreed about the use of donated money, Jack got the funds mostly frozen and a Barrie judge agreed with Jack.

On Tuesday, a judge agreed with Garner’s case and has ordered Taylor to repay the almost $8,000 taken, along with about $20,000 more to cover court costs and Garner’s legal fees.

“I’m extremely happy to be able to return the funds to those who were willing to put the money up to save the park,” Garner said.

Jack remains steadfast in protecting the park for future generations.

Ian Taylor personal

Mr. Taylor’s group’s and personal Facebook pages appear to have changed.



Top 10 posts viewed on SpringwaterParkcc.org since it started

September 15, 2014

Most viewed posts since October 23, 2012:

  1. Friends of Springwater Provincial Park: their financial record 439
  2. Cat’s-paw: a pawn or dupe 363
  3. Springwater Township ponies up $10,000 to help re-imagine Springwater Park – Camp Nibi 333
  4. NEWS: Ontario government, First Nation agree on joint partnership at Springwater Park – Camp Nibi 296
  5. The Fraud Triangle by Dr. David Cressey 289
  6. Any community groups that are sucking up to the MNR when Springwater Park ownership is under question, are helping provoke a confrontation. 283
  7. Are the 31,000 acres of Simcoe County Forest really The Lungs of Barrie? 253
  8. Who is responsible for the sandblasting, damage and repair of the circa 1929 Vespra Boys cenotaph at Springwater Park – Camp Nibi? 249
  9. How deep is Ian Taylor’s understanding of First Nations nation-to-nation Treaty Rights and Springwater Park – Camp Nibi? 206
  10. Idle No More in Barrie: Flash Mob Round Dance, Georgian Mall Barrie, ON, Boxing Day, 2 pm. 205

Springwater Park trails, ponds, and playground equipment: all open for public use.

July 17, 2014

A good reminder to come out and enjoy Springwater Park.


From Laurie Watt and the Barrie Advance, Springwater Park still open for passive use, ministry sayspdf

Ministry of Natural Resources is quoted as saying:

Closed to save money last year, three community groups have been lobbying for the MNR to reopen the park and maintain its trails and washrooms. The Beausoleil First Nation had also occupied the park, but left its camp around Christmas as it began talking with the MNR about a partnership.

Those talks are continuing, ministry spokesman Jolanta Kowalski said.

“We are still in the early stages of planning, with no details ready to be released to the public and no agreement has yet been developed. However, any agreement reached would not grant exclusive use of the park to the Beausoleil First Nation,” she said.

“Springwater Provincial Park is not closed to the pubic and the MNR has no intention of prohibiting residents from enjoying the park. The park is still available to the public for walking, bird-watching and other permitted uses free of charge.”

Jack Garner and Ian Taylor of the Friends of Springwater Park are quoted.

Ministry of Natural Resources “pleased to be working with” Beausoleil First Nations in re-opening Springwater Park.

April 17, 2014
20140417 Stan Howe

Members of the Beausoleil First Nation plan to return to Springwater park this spring. Stan Howe

Laurie Watt in the Barrie Advance reports: MNR talks with native group to re-open Springwater Park

The Ministry of Natural Resources is talking with the Beausoleil First Nation about reopening Springwater Provincial Park as a pair of warring citizens’ groups wait to hear if they’ll be included.

But while the ministry is “pleased to be working with” Beausoleil, the ministry isn’t yet ready to release details on what’s being discussed, ministry spokesperson Jolanta Kowalski said.

As partnership talks began just before Christmas, Camp Nibi — founded by a group led by Elizabeth Brass Elson as an outreach and healing initiative — packed up and left for the winter. Brass Elson plans to restart the group’s activities and ceremonies in the park this spring, although snow still covers the ground in the 193-hectare park that opened in 1927 and was shuttered by the ministry a year ago.

However, things are getting confusing. There are three community groups, two of them (#1 and #2) both claiming control of over $100,000 in community donations while the the third, is waiting for the MNR/Camp Nibi discussions to be completed.

In summary:

  1. Mr. Ian Taylor, Friends of Springwater Park,
  2. Mr. Jack Garner, Springwater Park Foundation who recently seems to have split off from #1, and
  3. Mr. Les Stewart and the Springwater Park Citizens’ Coalition. SPCC split from #1 in Oct 2012.

The SPCC and Advisory Board: Our experience shows it is premature and can be potentially very problematic to raise funds or pledges before the management and ownership issues were first sorted out by between the more senior levels (ie. MNR and First Nations).

The SPCC has sought a sustainable business model.

In our opinion, sustainability can only come primarily from long-term, government-underwritten, publicly-funded budgets which may arise from aboriginal and non-aboriginal sources.

As a simple sign of encouragement toward that partnership, we asked our municipality (Springwater Township) to budget some 2014 $ for the park’s re-opening. Township Council responded generously by providing an allocation of $10,000 which will only be spent if an agreement is reached. Public money does not run nearly as “hot and cold” as does individual or corporate donations do.

Summary: Agreement first (resources will be included in that plan anyway.) Then onto further public and private funding.

Whose pockets will be lined if Ian Taylor’s group is successful in raising $1 of the $100,000 in 60 days?

December 31, 2013

The Friends of Springwater Park’s first Indiegogo campaign raised $250 or 1.25 % of their goal.

And to boot, they don’t have any working (let alone formal) relationship with any of the defined stakeholders: park ladies, Beausoleil First Nations and Ministry of Natural Resources.

FOSP indiegogo1

1. From a comment about their latest in a long line of pleas on the public purse: 

Simcoe Resident says:

December 31, 2013 at 9:47 am

I am not sure if using crowdsource funding is appropriate when there is no agreement between FoSPP and the MNR. It was announced publically that the MNR was entering into talks with the Beausoleil nation.

2. This $100,000 goal is their second Indiegogo campaign.  The first one, registered by Brenda Devitt (Brenda Semple?),  appears to have raised $250 of $20,000 goal (1.25%) from Oct 2012 to Jan 2013.

FOSP indiegogo3

These are the two articles that announced that the park ladies, Beausoleil First Nations and the Ministry of Natural Resources are entering into an agreement.:

There is no mention of any other group or individuals.

3. I recall Mr. Taylor saying on CBC radio that he would be fundraising $250,000 each year to keep Springwater Park operational.

4. In August, a commerical sponsorship program was established but there doesn’t seem to be much written about it. See below.

ProgramsTo take money (repeatedly) knowing you cannot spend it under the conditions it was given, gives at least the perception of having the hallmarks of being a charity fraud.

The true leader is always led.

November 27, 2013

I once asked an opposing Springwater Park citizens’ group founder/president who he served.

Carl Jung

She hasn’t got back to me yet.


Just a reminder about Remembrance Day at Springwater Park on November 11th

November 2, 2013

And a plea not to change what community leaders built circa 1929.

Clint Lovell2

Restore only as is necessary to preserve the design and structural integrity of a community heritage gem. When in doubt, do nothing and respect the builders’ thoughts and actions

A nice announcement by A Channel on October 31st about Remembrance Day (click here for details) called, Local students take on special Remembrance Day project:


Students at Eastview Secondary School in Barrie have taken on a special project for Remembrance Day.

They’re researching the soldiers who are commemorated by the cenotaph at Springwater Park.

The Cenotaph, dedicated to the soldiers from Vespra who died in World War I, is being rededicated. The Friends of Springwater Park started the project and the students are helping learn more about the 23 names carved on the memorial.

Half a dozen students are doing the work and will be reading a little bit about the soldiers they are researching at the rededication on Remembrance Day.

Let’s hope Nancy Bigelow and the Friends of Springwater Park and Mr. Clint Lovell are not changing the monument by putting the names on a plaque and fixing the plaque on the cairn. The intent of men who built the cairn (Maj. Meth Adamsonwho directed it being built), Robert Peacock, Harvey Spence and Charlie Day) was NOT to record the names.

The sacrifice was borne largely by the deceased and their family but the whole community was affected.

Someone did check with Major Adamson’s children and grandchildren (many with prominent lives in Barrie) before they planned to change his design, didn’t they? Or at least the Springwater Heritage Committee. Right?

Why do people think they know better than those that death has silenced? if they wanted the names, don’t you think they would have done it back then? Are they listening even now?

Charlie Day and me

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